SCRYING - PYRELLA
In ancient times dark pools of liquid were used to divine
the future. This represented the look within, the assessment of the past, and
its gift to the future. The old term for this type of divination is
"scrying." Scrying is a very ancient technique common among
shamanistic traditions. Divination itself is the ability to discern patterns
that are forming and moving towards manifestation. What you "see" is
actually what is likely to occur if nothing changes the divinatory images
The Scrying Bowl
This is a very basic method employing the dark liquid
formula. Pour some bottled water into a medium-sized bowl such as a soup bowl.
Add a few drops of blue or green food color to the water, enough to ensure that
the liquid is dark and obscures the bottom of the bowl. At this point you should
have a dark reflective surface to gaze into. Use two candles as your source of
light, making sure that the light does not reflect upon the liquid. Setting them
a foot or two in front of you, a candle off to each side should work.
Next, perform a series of hand passes over the liquid
in the bowl, slowly and deliberately. In the magickal arts, the right hand
generates an electrical charge and the left a magnetic charge. Left-handed
passes attract and draw images, forming in the liquid. Right-handed passes will
strengthen the images appearing there, and focus them more clearly.
Begin scrying by making left-handed passes over the bowl,
in a clockwise circle, just a few inches above the water (palms open and facing
Stop, and gaze into the liquid, not at its surface, but
deep into the bowl.
Usually several repeated passes of the hands are required
during the scrying process.
Alternate between the left hand and the right hand. This
requires patience and time. Use your intuition as you sit before the bowl.
With practice, images will begin to form within the liquid. Sometimes
they will be symbolic or suggestive images. At other times they may form as
faces, objects, or places that you are already familiar with. It is important to
simply allow the images to form. Do not rush them or become anxious when they
appear. Try to remain calm and receptive. Watch the images until they fade away.
At first, interpreting the meaning of what you see is often like trying to find
meaning within a dream. With time, you will begin to understand the symbols,
their meaning, and the importance of their appearance.
The Scrying Glass
The scrying glass is a dark concave surface of reflective
material. One can easily be constructed by using the curved glass face of a
clock and painting the convex side with a glossy black paint. Once the paint has
thoroughly dried, bathe the mirror in an herbal brew of rosemary, fennel, rue,
vervain, ivy, and walnut leaves (or bark.) If you want to be truly traditional,
pour some sea foam into the mixture.
To charge the glass, take a deep breath and then slowly
exhale outward upon the potion. Do this three times, remove the mirror from the
potion and dry it off thoroughly. Prop the mirror up vertically, supported by
two sturdy books or book ends to hold it in place. Hold your right hand out in
front of you so that your palm is facing the convex side, about three inches
away from the glass surface. You are now ready to magnetize the mirror.
With the left hand begin making a circular clockwise
motion across the surface of the mirror. Do this for a few minutes and then
repeat this on the convex side of the mirror with the right hand. The opposite
hand is always held still while the moving hand circulates. To use the scrying
glass simply employ the same techniques as described for the scrying bowl.